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Participants wanted to explore new models of urban governance in Greater Manchester

People with different knowledge, skills and resources interested in making devolution matter in Greater Manchester are invited to take part in a research project to develop innovative responses to

New project supports community buildings to install solar

Community Energy Greater Manchester was launched at the end of January, with an ambitious plan to give 20 community buildings solar rooftops.

Mosses makeover plans gather momentum

GMCVO’s Community Hubs team has been supporting The Mosses Centre in Bury to develop its plans for refurbishment of the building.

GMCVO’s green pledge

GMCVO is among over 50 signatories to a pledge that commits businesses in Greater Manchester to take action to improve efficiency, reduce costs and celebrate their green achievements.

Free cookery classes

Residents of Greater Manchester are invited to take part in free cookery classes and learn how to save money and reduce food waste.

Legal help on community buildings

New guidance on the law about buildings and land designed to help managers of community buildings has been published on the Building Assets website.

Heritage funding for local parks

Parks for People funding helps to conserve the heritage that makes both historic parks and cemeteries special and gives local people a say in how they are managed in the future.

Funding for community building projects

Two grants schemes to help community groups and other bodies with the development of their community building projects have been established by the Department for Communities and Local Government.<

Stimulating Demand for Apprenticeships: briefing meetings

GMCVO is running an exciting new project focusing on Stimulating Demand for Apprenticeships in the voluntary sector - please click on the link below for further details.

Grants for neighbourhood planning workshops

A new grant funding pool from DCLG and managed by Locality aims to encourage communities to take up neighbourhood planning.

Self-assessment tool for community enterprises

A self-assessment tool to help organisations ‘build and develop their ideas, systems and people in order to create viable and sustainable businesses’ has been launched by Locality.

Guidance on community buildings

A web-based planning tool has been launched by My Community Rights to give communities an idea of whether their proposed community building, such as housing, sports centres, community halls or neig

SIB grants for buying or restoring community assets

Capital grants for the purchase and refurbishment of assets are available from the Community Ownership and Management of Assets fund.

New site for community action

A new website aims to provide practical advice for anyone wanting to make a difference and improve their community – anything from running a street party to taking over a core community servi

Vegetarian Week grants

The Vegetarian Society is running National Vegetarian Week 2014 from 19th to 25th May. NVW is an awareness week and a celebration of all things veggie.

Office for hire in central Manchester

Fully accessible office space is available for hire in Church Action on Poverty’s premises in central Manchester.

Property survey

Charities and not-for-profit organisations are invited to record the challenges and opportunities they face in regard to the buildings and land that they own, lease or rent for a survey being carri

Celebrating Generating Success’s success

Generating Success has been a collaborative project between GMCVO, MERCi and the Carbon Co-op to provide capacity building, project development, technical and ente

Guidance on community events and street parties

A guide to organising and running voluntary and community events has been produced by the Government.

Community office to let in Manchester

An office is available for hire at the Joyce Layland LGBT Centre in Manchester’s university district.

Ethical office space in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

The Green Fish Resource Centre in Manchester offers tenants modern, affordable and flexible space managed in a transparent and supportive manner, whilst minimising energy use, waste, car travel and

Promoting and supporting tenant empowerment

A free training programme to equip social housing tenants with the skills they need to lead change in their communities is being offered by TPAS, the Manchester-based tenants’ advisory servic

BLF launches new £150m community enterprise fund

The Big Lottery Fund has announced a new £150 million fund to invest in community-led enterprises across England, the largest ever fund of its kind.

Free learning and development opportunities

Not-for- profit organisations can benefit from free management development opportunities offered by consultancy Roots HR CIC.

Quick survey – help us to identify assets

We need your help in helping us to identify assets that support families with young children in the following areas;

New community energy fund launched

A new Government fund to support established organisations to use their expertise to help other groups to run community energy projects and create new opportunities for social action volunteering h

Sustaining park life

Charities and voluntary organisations have been invited to apply for a share of £1 million of funding intended to support innovative ideas for making public parks financially sustainable.

Cosier community buildings across Greater Manchester

A new programme to alleviate the fuel poverty and social inequality associated with community buildings is being developed by the Generating Success initiative.

Guide to neighbourhood powers

A simple overview of the rights which have been introduced to give people more power over what happens in their neighbourhood has been published by the Department for Communities and Local Governme

How ‘green’ is your building?

A short survey with the chance to win £30 in shopping vouchers.

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